Chicago producer SP-33 (a.k.a. Ezra Funkhouser), who caught our attention early last year with his intriguing juxtaposition of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter and John Carpenter's Escape From New York score, has self-released another EP that features some unique vocal elements. "A Dream Catcher" is taken from the These Moments EP, which has the same murkiness as Escape from the Carter, but with a steadier drive that pushes it into the realm of slow, swirling house. The emphasis of the track is on the manipulation of vocal samples, which Funkhouser found by reaching back to his early interest in folk music. Check out the artwork for the EP above, and head over to Funkhouser's Bandcamp, where you can download all of These Moments at no cost.
As always, there's a lot in the works over at the office of London's Ninja Tune imprint, which has just made the dual announcement of Bonobo's (pictured above) Black Sands Remixed LP and a new full-length from former Texan producer Yppah, who's now based in California. Read more »
After dropping a strong series of juke-influenced, 808-laden singles in recent years, UK producer Addison Groove recently announced the imminent release of a proper full-length album. Entitled Transistor Rhythm and slated to drop via the 50 Weapons label, the LP won't officially see the light of day until April 3. Nevertheless, the Bristol-based producer has let slip a stream of one of the record's 13 tracks. Read more »
Oakland producer Shortcircles (a.k.a. Matt Tammariello) is the most recent signing to LA's Plug Research, and to celebrate entering the label's fold, he has dropped his first release for the imprint, a five-song, self-titled EP. Tammariello calls his musical stylings "bliss-hop," an adequate descriptor for his mellow beats and atmospheric productions. "Star Party" clocks in at a cool 80 beats per minute, with a simple hip-hop rhythm and a dreamy wash of synthesizers setting the tone until a noodling guitar solo takes over for the finale. The artwork for Shortcircles can be found above, while the EP can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
It happens quite often: An unknown chanteuse suddenly appears from the ether of 'underground' sounds and genres currently peaking in popularity and somehow rises into the public spotlight. They are usually either met with a resounding "meh" by tastemakers and left to the graces of the music-buying public, or critics jump at the chance to champion them as the latest 'It girl' and allot the requisite amount of verbiage and accolades that often come with such a title. And even though Montreal artist Claire Boucher has been releasing music under the name Grimes for a couple years now, she was only met with notable attention following her 2011 split EP with d'Eon, Darkbloom, attention which has since ballooned into widespread acclaim—like, say, a feature in Vogue—leading up to the release of her new LP, Visions. Suffice it to say, everyone has their critical eye on Boucher, and there's a lot riding on her new batch of homemade, experimental-pop tunes. Read more »
Grime producers Rossi B and Luca originally crafted "Mind the Gap" back in the mid-'00s for their own A.R.M.Y. label, but the track never saw the light of day. That will change on February 20, when the track is released via Senseless Records with a host of remixes. This instrumental of Teeza's remix won't be on the EP, but it does offer a boisterous take on the tune. The UK producer (pictured above) teases out the most notable bassline from the original, delivering an over-the-top, mischievious club banger.
Experimental Los Angeles duo Lucky Dragons (pictured above) celebrated Valentine's Day this week by releasing a new 12", Existers, on the Swill Children imprint. On this remix, Leaving Records label boss Matthewdavid takes the record's quirky opening cut, ratchets up the bass several notches, and adds considerable static to create a condensed, glitchy jam. The record is limited to a vinyl run of 500, and was produced in cooperation with artist/designer Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children.
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